Now that Jay Cutler is somewhat officially on the trade market, the subject of a Tony Romo-Jay Cutler swap has been brought up. Assuming that Jerry has taken care of all factors to make it a viable trade (draft pick compensation, contracts, etc); what are the pros and cons of making such a trade?
-Cutler is three years younger than Romo, but has roughly the same starting experience as Romo.
-Cutler has a greater pedigree than Romo, having been drafted 11th overall by the Broncos in 2006.
-Because of his pedigree and age, Cutler likely has a higher upside than Romo.
-Though Romo has put up superior numbers, they are not vastly superior despite having much more to work with offensively than Cutler.
-Cutler was born in Santa Claus, Indiana!
-Cutler has a penchant for locking in on one receiver, as is evidenced by his heavy use of his best weapon: Brandon Marshall.
-Cutler has shown that he is immature and may not be suited for leading a team to a championship.
-Cutler has played in a much weaker division than Romo. It is still an unknown how he would fare in a top division like the NFC East.
-Romo has two years under his belt in Garrett’s system, while Cutler would have to learn it from scratch.
-Romo has shown flashes of All-Pro potential, despite his down year in 2008.
That is but a small sampling of what Jerry would have to analyze before making such a trade. Will GM Jerry make the right decision for the long-term health of the Cowboys? Or will his ego not allow him to make such a trade? Will he consider Romo a Bill Parcells product and dump him in order to have one less Parcells player? Or will he pass on the potential trade because of the inevitable rumors that it could signal an intention to hire Mike Shanahan in 2010?
This all leads to the overriding question that determines the outlook of our Sundays in January: WWJD – What Would Jerry Do?